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2014 State Fair operating hours

Friday, Sept. 26 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday,  Oct. 1 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Note: These are the Ticket Plaza and building hours only; rides will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the Ticket Plaza closes, or longer at the discretion of fair management.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m so excited to come to the State Fair of Virginia! Where can I purchase tickets in advance?

A: Tickets are available online. They also can be purchased at BB&T locations in the bank’s Central Virginia region, which includes Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Petersburg; at most Martin’s Food Markets stores in the Richmond, Ashland, Tri-Cities and Williamsburg areas; and at the Caroline County Visitor Center in Ruther Glen (cash only). For complete ticket information, click here.

Q: How can I save money on State Fair admission tickets?

A: Purchase tickets at this year’s ticket outlets – BB&T, Martin’s Food Markets or the Caroline County Visitor Center (cash only)—for the weekday price, and use them any one day during the 2013 fair. That’s up to a $3 discount on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays! Family Fun Packs also are available for purchase through Sept. 25. They include two adult tickets, two youth tickets and two unlimited ride wristbands for $75. That’s up to a $17 discount on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and up to a $7 discount Monday-Thursday.

Q: Where can I find a schedule of events?

A: We’ve got a fair schedule online, and a printed version will be available at the State Fair Ticket Plaza.

Q: What’s the best route to take when traveling to the State Fair of Virginia?

A: From I-95, take Exit 98 (Doswell) and travel 1½ miles east on state Route 30. If traffic is heavy, consider taking U.S. Route 301 to state Route 30; travel about 3 miles west on Route 30. You also can take U.S. Route 1 to state Route 30; travel about 2 miles east on Route 30. For complete directions, click here.

Q: If I need to go to my car and come back, do I have to pay for admission again?

A: Visitors who buy a ticket and then want to leave and return to the fair on the same day have that option. We allow re-entry with a valid hand-stamp, so please remember to get your hand stamped before exiting if you plan to return that same day.

Q: Is there a charge for concerts?

A: A general admission ticket covers all concerts at the Triple Crown Amphitheater and on the Festival Stage.

Q: Are all of the attractions included in my admission ticket or is there an additional cost?

A: Generally speaking, your admission purchase covers all concerts, attractions and exhibits; however, hot air balloon rides, the US Air Bag Freefall and some other attractions have an additional cost. Rides are not included in the general admission cost, but ride tickets and wristbands are available for purchase at the Ride Ticket Booths in the Midway and Kidway areas.

Q: I lost an item while at the State Fair. How can I retrieve it?

A: Lost and Found is located in the State Fair Office near the Festival Loop area. If you think you misplaced an item, call 804-994-2800.

Q: I have a suggestion for next year’s fair. How can I submit that?

A: Comment forms are available at the State Fair Office near the Festival Loop area.

Q: I really loved the fair competitions, how can I participate next year?

A: Information you will need for competing in 2014 will be available on our website next summer.

Q: How do you ensure the safety of your rides?

A: Our midway rides undergo a thorough inspection – by midway contractor Deggeller Attractions upon setup; by Caroline County before Opening Day; and then daily before operation by a professional state-certified inspector.

Q: How old do my children need to be to ride the rides?

A: Requirements for individual rides and attractions include height, weight and whether a child must be accompanied by an adult. These requirements are displayed at each ride and attraction, as well as at the Midway Customer Service booth.

Q: Can I bring in my lawn chair or a blanket for the concerts?

A: You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs for the Festival Stage concert series, and those chairs can be checked near the stage so you don’t have to carry them around all day. Chairs are also available for rent near the Triple Crown Amphitheater and Festival Stage.

Q: Do you offer shuttle service in the parking lots or inside the fair?

A: Parking lot trams can help you get to and from your vehicle in parking Lots A and C. Look for “Tram Stops” designated with small tents and flags. Once inside the fair you can use guest service carts to travel easily between designated stops on a circular route on the north side of state Route 30. Check the State Fair map for specific guest service cart stops.

Q: Can I bring in my own wheelchair or motorized scooter?

A: You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or motorized scooter. Wheelchairs and motorized scooters also are available for rent outside the main gate in the Ticket Plaza; however, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.

Q: Where can I recharge my electric scooter or wheelchair or my cell phone?

A: Recharge station locations are noted on the State Fair map throughout the property.

Q: Can I bring in my own stroller or wagon?

A: You may bring your own stroller or wagon for your children to use on the property. Strollers also are available for rent outside the main gate in the Ticket Plaza.

Q: Can I ride my bike or skateboard inside the fair?

A: Roller skates, skateboards and bicycles are not permitted on the property.

Q: What should I do if I get separated from my child at the fair?

A: The Lost Child Center is located with Lost and Found in the State Fair Office near the Festival Loop area. Before coming to the fair, make sure your child knows to look for a police officer if he or she becomes separated from you.

Q: Can I bring my knife or gun to the State Fair?

A: The State Fair prohibits weapons of any kind from entering the property, including pocket knives. We ask that guests leave those items in their vehicles before purchasing their tickets.

Q: Can I bring my pet to the fair?

A: Pets are prohibited on the property (This includes the Equine & Livestock Complex) due to the potential risk to our guests and to other animals at the fair.

Q: What is your policy on alcoholic beverages and tobacco use?

A: Alcohol is NOT permitted to be brought onto the property. Beer will be for sale inside the fair and can be consumed on the property except in the Midway and Kidway areas. Smoking is permitted on the property; however, it is prohibited in tents and buildings, ride and ticket lines and the entire Kidway area.

Q: Can I bring in outside food and drink?

A: Customers may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages onto the property, but no glass containers.

Q: What kind of security measures are in place?

A: The safety of our guests, exhibitors and employees is our No. 1 priority. The fair is staffed by licensed security professionals and state and local law enforcement.

We have the ability to conduct personal and bag checks at the ticket gates, and we’ll be checking bags and packages for prohibited items.

Q: Do you have campgrounds available for use during the fair?

A: The campgrounds at The Meadow Event Park are available on a first come, first served basis. Camping is also available at nearby Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness.

Q: Who owns the State Fair?

A: The fair is operated by Commonwealth Fairs & Events, a subsidiary of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, a nonprofit organization.

Q: I love this place! How can I find out what else is going on at The Meadow Event Park?

A: Visit our booth in the Farm Bureau Center near the concession stand, or check the calendar on our website.

Q: Isn’t this where Secretariat was born? How can I find out more history about The Meadow Event Park and Secretariat?

A: 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born on the Thoroughbred farm that is now The Meadow Event Park. For more information, visit our website. Secretariat-related tours also are available.

Q: How long has the fair been held at The Meadow Event Park?

A: This is the fifth year. It moved to The Meadow Event Park in 2009 from its former location at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

Q: When is next year’s fair?

A: The 2014 State Fair of Virginia will be held Friday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 5 at The Meadow Event Park.